YEA CAMP FOR ASPIRING ACTIVISTS

JUNE 30-JULY 6, 2019 | HIGH FALLS, NY

A leadership training and retreat to help progressives make a bigger difference on the social justice causes they care about.
The bright side of all the problems we’re currently facing is all the people stepping up to do something about them. Even still, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed or to know how to make the biggest impact.
Since 2009, we’ve been running youth leadership camps that have helped hundreds of teens get active on the causes they care about. But, especially these days, adults need this training too.
Now it's your turn.

Summer Camp for Social Change

If you want help advocating for social justice, there is no place like YEA Camp. You'll come away prepared and inspired to make a bigger difference on the causes you care about.

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A Day in the Life

Join us for an unforgettable week at a beautiful animal sanctuary. Don't worry! There are modern facilities (with cell and WiFi), delicious vegan food, and such nice people. You will fit right in. 

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Tuition & Financial Aid

YEA Camp is committed to diversity and to making this unique experience accessible to all who truly want to be part of it. Learn more about our tuition and sliding scale below.

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Ready to take your change-making to the next level?

If you care about addressing important social justice issues like racism, sexism, LGBTQ equality, climate change, gun control, animal rights, and more, YEA Camp is for you! Our unique curriculum and amazing staff are focused on developing 4 core areas we feel are critical for any effective activist:

KNOWLEDGE

  • Learn the basics of different social issues and how they interconnect
  • Understand how activists have achieved success across movements
  • Become more savvy and strategic in your activism

SKILLS

  • Expand your toolkit to include grassroots activism, fundraising, campaign planning, social entrepreneurship, and more
  • Strengthen your communication skills
  • Leverage the talent, experience, and network you already have

CONFIDENCE

  • Overcome limiting beliefs that may hold you back from fulfilling your change-making potential
  • Manage negative emotions to feel more optimistic about the movement for social justice and the important role you can play in it

COMMUNITY

  • Become part of a stellar, like-minded community to collaborate with and cheer you on
  • Identify organizations working on the causes you care about in a way that inspires you
  • See a pathway to get more involved when you get home

A Day in the Life

Unlike a conference at a stuffy hotel, YEA Camp infuses the fun of summer camp and the rejuvenation of a retreat into our activism training. We think this mix models a sustainable, joyful approach to social change.

This holistic and interactive experience is capped at 50 people so everyone knows everyone and can get the support they need. Our accommodations include comfy cabins with indoor hot showers. We even get good WiFi and cell reception! 

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Our Home for the Week

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is home to hundreds of rescued animals now living their lives out in paradise. Located on the grounds of a summer camp complete with comfy cabins, modern bathrooms, and bright activity space and dining hall, we couldn't imagine a better place for YEA Camp for Adults!

Located about 90 minutes outside New York City, and near the college town of New Paltz, High Falls is easily accessible by bus or car from Manhattan. We will be helping people with carpools if needed.

YEA Camp for Adults starts June 30 with lunch at noon and ends July 6 with lunch at noon.

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Food Fit for Changemakers

To practice activism we can do in our daily lives, all of the food at YEA Camp is vegan, as well as fair-trade, organic and local where possible. We have a personal vegan chef along with a skilled team dedicated to serving delicious, nutritious foods to keep us fueled for change.

We strive to include meals from different cultures, so you might expect meals featuring Indian, Mexican, Thai, or Mediterranean dishes, as well as classics like French toast and pancakes, veggie burgers, freshly baked vegan pizza, and chocolate chip cookies for a treat. We also offer fresh fruit or salad at each meal. Between breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 snacks, and dessert, you will be well fed!

Food allergies? No problem! Just let us know what you need.

Tuition & Financial Aid -- Pay What You Can!

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The all-inclusive tuition for YEA Camp’s life-changing leadership camp is $1600, but we are committed to making YEA Camp inclusive so that each person pays what they can.
Included in the cost of tuition is:
  • Comfortable lodging at our beautiful venue for 7 days and 6 nights

  • Delicious vegan food (3 meals a day + 2 healthy snacks, and dessert!) prepared by incredible chefs

  • Highly experienced leaders and teachers in a phenomenal camper-to-staff-ratio of less than 2:1

  • Inclusion in our post-camp follow-up community for year-round support long after camp is over

YEA Camp is a nonprofit organization committed to social justice and diversity in our programs. We do not turn eager campers away due to lack of funds. In order to accept campers on a sliding scale, we rely on an honor code to ensure that each person pays what they can and that funding is available for those who need it. We rely on tax-deductible donations to our program to continue this policy.

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Post-Camp Accomplishments

Everything we do at YEA Camp is designed to help you make a bigger difference when you get home -- all on the causes of your choice in any ways that inspire you.

Past youth and adult campers have gone on to do a huge variety of incredible things, like:

This is a teeny number of examples of awesome things our campers have gotten up to after attending.

What will you do after YEA Camp? We can't wait to find out!

Testimonials

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"I just want to reiterate how grateful I am to you for making YEA Camp possible for myself and everyone else in attendance and making it so great!

Even in the few days after camp, I am seeing a lot of change and growth within myself. YEA Camp has made a real difference and I am noticing a real shift in my confidence and I wanted to say thank you!”

-Monik Walters, college student, 21, New York
Student Assembly President, Dartmouth University

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"YEA Camp for Adults exceeded my expectations in all the best possible ways. I was delighted by all the fun camp activities (games, dance parties, talent show, etc). It made me feel like a kid – energized and excited!

This camp planted seeds and gave me practical tools to take my activism to the next level. Even the most seasoned activist (I’ve been involved in various causes, campaigns, etc. for most of my adult life) can get A LOT out of the workshops and presentations offered by the camp. 

Plus, the food is off the charts!! I’m forever a supporter of this incredible life-changing camp for world-changing people!"

-Martina Gauderer, therapist, 35, Massachusetts

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"YEA Camp offered me the opportunity to learn more about advocacy and action.

I had the opportunity to question what sort of actions I am taking in my activism and what actions I can take to be more effective. I also connected with other folks who advocate for similar issues as I do. I learned a lot, from how to be more communicative to how to lead campaigns."

-Tony Perez Soto, college student, 23, Costa Rica

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"An inspiring and uplifting experience -- the perfect productive and motivating vacation I was looking for.

I feel more confident in my activism, well-versed in various issues of importance, and refreshed from being in the company of so many positive, compassionate, and brave individuals.”

-Katie Papo, yoga instructor, writer, coach, 31, Florida

Testimonials

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"I just want to reiterate how grateful I am to you for making YEA Camp possible for myself and everyone else in attendance and making it so great!

Even in the few days after camp, I am seeing a lot of change and growth within myself.

YEA Camp has made a real difference and I am noticing a real shift in my confidence and I wanted to say thank you!”

-Monik Walters, college student, 21, New York
Student Assembly President, Dartmouth University

"YEA Camp for Adults exceeded my expectations in all the best possible ways. I was delighted by all the fun camp activities (games, dance parties, talent show, etc). It made me feel like a kid – energized and excited!

This camp planted seeds and gave me practical tools to take my activism to the next level. Even the most seasoned activist (I’ve been involved in various causes, campaigns, etc. for most of my adult life) can get A LOT out of the workshops and presentations offered by the camp. 

Plus, the food is off the charts!! I’m forever a supporter of this incredible life-changing camp for world-changing people!"

-Martina Gauderer, therapist, 35, Massachusetts

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"YEA Camp offered me the opportunity to learn more about advocacy and action.

I had the opportunity to question what sort of actions I am taking in my activism and what actions I can take to be more effective. I also connected with other folks who advocate for similar issues as I do. I learned a lot, from how to be more communicative to how to lead campaigns."

-Tony Perez Soto, college student, 23, Costa Rica

"An inspiring and uplifting experience -- the perfect productive and motivating vacation I was looking for.

I feel more confident in my activism, well-versed in various issues of importance, and refreshed from being in the company of so many positive, compassionate, and brave individuals.”

-Katie Papo, yoga instructor, writer, coach, 31, Florida

Meeting sanctuary residents

Ready to join us?

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page or Contact Us.
We look forward to speaking with you or, better yet, meeting you at camp this summer!